The view from my perch on the mountain


I’m more than a little irritated at the moment. My Internet connection keeps dropping out and tech support says it looks like I need to replace the modem…..again. This will make the 4th one in a little over 2 years! I’m just glad I’m leasing the stupid thing. A clue as to how well these DSL modems hold up is the part of the instructions that arrives with each new one that reads “Step 1. Disconnect and discard faulty modem.” Ever cautious when dealing with those “customer service” types I called the first time I read that and the tech support person said “Just chuck it in the trash; we don’t refurbish them and no sense paying to ship it back so that we can toss it in the trash!”

When we lived in Virginia Beach we had Cox cable/Internet/phone service. While I loved the consistently reliable high speed web access that puts my current provider to shame, I was just waiting for the day that $199 modem I let them talk me into buying suddenly burst into flames. Actually, I paid an extra equipment warranty fee for just that reason but I knew that sooner or later the payment would arrive a day late and that modem would self destruct the minute it was out of warranty. Now I long for a modem that could match the 5 problem free years we got out of that cable modem.

Anyway, I’m not ignoring y’all. If I don’t make much noise between now and Tuesday, the estimated delivery date for the new modem, it will be because I’m spending more time rebooting the stupid modem than actually surfing the web……damn it! On the other hand, I now have an excuse to go hang out at McDonald’s, using the free Wi-Fi access and scaring the teeny boppers:

What’s with the old geezer sitting in the corner, cussing and throwing things?

I don’t know but I just remembered I need to go home and do my Algebra homework!

OMG, I think that’s Laura Allen’s dad. Didn’t he threaten to kill every boy she dated if they ever made her cry?

Yeah, and I heard he used his beg green truck to over the principal’s car, with his family in it, for making Laura pay for a lost book. You know…….I think I’ll help you with that homework and write a term paper while I’m at it, just in case. You never can tell when you’ll need a spare term paper!

Maybe the county school board will pay me for helping the GPA of the entire student body rise a couple of points.


7 responses

  1. Hope

    oh I so wish you had a photo of your big green truck over the principal’s car..
    you have no idea how delightful that would have been for me.. as I have often wanted to do something like that, when my kids where in school..

    sorry about the modem.. what is up with that anyway? one would think they would lease GOOD ones.. ha ha ha…

    Mc Donalds huh.. “shudder”.. just don’t eat there.. you will get sooooooooooooo fat..
    don’t they have a Hastings there ? at least you could get some good coffee..
    along with some grown up company.. teeny bobbers.. will make your head spin..
    so hold on tight..
    hope things work out soon for you..

    January 22, 2011 at 7:09 PM

  2. …and all I wanted was a big mac. TG I posted this “after” Hope was here 😉

    January 22, 2011 at 9:07 PM

  3. Fizz

    That’s why I left DSL. We went to and got great service that’s completely portable & loads faster than what we had with the Cable Modem. I got an in house booster and I’m good to go… works great and I don’t have to reboot all the time.

    The problem is likely not the modem but the router technology that changed and thus they caused your old modem to be outdated… happens a lot.

    January 24, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    • Actually, Juli, the first time it happened I was convinced it was the router so I bought a new one only to discover it was the modem. After 15 or 20 minutes the modem overheats and just shuts down. I thought it was an airflow problem when the first one started giving me trouble but soon discovered that blowing it out with canned air only solved the problem for 20 or 30 minutes. All it was doing was cooling the circuit board off enough for the intermittent open to close. Another 15 or 20 minutes and it was almost too hot to touch and I was back to square one. This is nothing new with the junk our ISP provides. Several people have told me they’ve had the same problem with these cheap modems but we don’t really have much of a choice except cable, at roughly twice the price due to the download limits and overage fees from the local cable provider or going to dial up which I’ll never use again. Clear isn’t available here and wireless modems are just about useless because of the high terrain. The only other option is HughesNet and I would have to go into the bank robbery business to afford that!

      January 24, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      • Why don’t you look into WildBlue, they have cheaper packages than Hughesnet, and are actually about to upgrade their network to up to around 10mbps. Here is a link that might be helpful Also, feel free to check out my blog for additional information anytime.

        January 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM

  4. It is at such times I am happy to have a mobile modem! I maybe on my 3rd one in 2 years and yeah…sometimes it’s really slow and a serious pain…but I don’t have all that hassle! Although the suppliers do insist on broken ones being shipped back so it can be confirmed the frighteningly obvious point that they are in fact broken and therefore must be replaced as they don’t know how to repair them!!!!!! Rather than doing the obvious and sensible thing of throwing them in the bin/trash!!! That said the latest one is doing great even with a really bad signal at times and it’s running consistently on hi speed bb which the last one never did…watch it crash and burn next time I use it now I’ve said that!!

    January 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

  5. Nothing more useless than a broke modem.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:32 PM

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